This album presents a broad, varied selection showing the main trends in Norwegian folk music.
Norwegian folk music has roots going back to the 13th century, to medieval ballads and simple tunes for willow flute and buck horn. Gifted fiddlers transformed them into vibrant melodies with a mood and a content that provided the foundations for today's exciting innovations. But town and country had little in common and in modern urban culture folk music fell into disrepute, the Hardanger fiddle, now a national symbol, was for many years hated and despised. In the last twenty years, however, folk music has experienced a renaissance in which tradition and innovation go hand in hand. Old instruments like the willow flute, dulcimer and mouth harp have gained new life. The music of the old folk fiddlers, handed down from man to man over the centuries, is now played by highly trained musicians as well as local talents. Folk dancers and singers dressed in national costume keep the old traditions alive and kicking, and whilst instrumental music was formerly a purely male domain, women are today at the forefront of then revival. This CD is a musical journey through the centuries - and all corners of the Norwegian landscape.